It is not often that Barcelona goes around at decent odds to win a Spanish Primera Division so one is keen to support Barca in their championship match at Eibar on Saturday.
Perhaps bookmakers think that Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde may rest of his Spanish Primera Division-leading team’s star players ahead of next week’s UEFA Champions League trip to Chelsea. And perhaps bookmakers think that Eibar is worthy of respect on its own pitch having posted Spanish Primera Division home wins over the likes of Betis, Sevilla, and Valencia. Whatever the reason(s) why Barcelona is trading at decent odds, take up bookmakers on their kind offer to get with Barca to maintain their Spanish Primera Division unbeaten record with their 19th victory.
Lionel Messi scored four goals in Barcelona’s 6-1 defeat of Eibar in September’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture, Barca’s seventh win over Eibar in their seven top-flight meetings. Each of Barcelona’s seven victories over Eibar has been by at least two-goal margins and the Gunners have yet to score in a home game versus Barca. Back the Spanish champions-elect at odds of -189 with BetVictor.
According to one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form analysis, Barca enjoys a 14-4-1 advantage over Eibar – Betis is the only side against which the Gunners have outperformed Barca and that is despite the title favorites registering 2-0 and 5-0 league victories over the Green and Whites.
Sunday’s Spanish Primera Division clash between Atletico Madrid and Athletic features two teams which will be backing up from UEFA Europa League assignments three days earlier – the Mattressmakers will be returning from playing Kobenhavn in Denmark and the Lions will be recovering from their date with Spartak Moskva in Russia. The respective UEFA Europa League schedules of Atletico and Athletic favour the former, especially as the Mattressmakers will host the Lions.
Atletico Madrid beat Athletic 2-1 in September’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture, the Mattressmakers hold a 13-3-3 collateral form lead over the Lions and the visitors have two regular starters suspended – Aritz Aduriz and Raul Garcia – for one of their most challenging league matches. Atletico is a remarkable 9-2-0 in its last 11 games versus Athletic across all competitions so there is plenty of supporting data for a healthy bet on the Mattressmakers at -233 with 888Sport.
One’s third and final Spanish Primera Division selection is the draw in Monday’s round-closing match between Getafe and Celta at odds of +240 with BetVictor. September’s reverse Spanish Primera Division fixture saw Celta hit the front in the 25th minute and Getafe hit back four minutes from full time, while one’s collateral form analysis ranks the sides equally at 7-5-7. Vitorino Antunes is banned for Getafe so that takes the gloss of his team’s home advantage so one thinks that the game is one of those in which it makes great appeal to back the draw at longer odds than those available either of the sides.
Below are one’s Spanish Primera Division collateral form numbers for this weekend’s full round of fixtures.
Las Palmas 4-1-14
Atletico Madrid 13-3-3
Barcelona to beat Eibar
Saturday 17th February, 15:15 GMT
Atletico Madrid to beat Athletic Bilbao
Sunday 18th February, 15:15 GMT
Getafe and Celta Vigo to draw
Monday 19th February, 20:00 GMT